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EU: Your web doctor will see you now – software as a medical device

Patients nowadays have access to an enormous range of medical knowledge through social media, websites and health apps (in combination with wearables). The latter have become increasingly popular in recent years because of their ability to monitor in real time pulse, blood pressure, blood glucose levels and other parameters. Doctors are also intrigued by the […]

Supreme Court upholds ‘no oral variation’ clause

By Emma Davies The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Rock Advertising Ltd v MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd [2018] UKSC 24 upheld the validity of a clause that limited the parties’ freedom to vary their contract orally. In reversing the Court of Appeal’s decision to find the ‘no oral variation’ or ‘no oral modification (NOM)’ clause binding, […]

Russia’s enduring love for fake luxury and legal action to take

By David Aylen and Elizaveta Osipchuk When reputable social media platforms are involved, rights holders should contact the social media company first and ask it to remove the account. Fortunately, such companies usually collaborate with brand owners as much as possible and take swift measures to block infringing content (usually within three to five days). However, […]

SmartLaw 2.0: expert insights for the future of law

A few years ago we offered SmartLaw: expert insights for the future of law. As expected, the legal industry has continued to evolve and so must SmartLaw in order to equip firms for the future. We still believe the original SmartLaw key concepts of clients, culture and technology are essential to successful firms, but we now must […]

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KWMSJB to close Berlin office following strategic review

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin is to shut down its Berlin operations, as two of its three partners exit to launch their own boutique. Corporate venture capital partners Frank Vogel and Jan Dirk Heerma are set to leave the firm to set up their own venture capital transactional boutique. The outpost’s only other partner, […]

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Mannheimer sees turnover dip on back of sluggish M&A market

Scandinavia’s biggest firm, Mannheimer Swartling, has recorded a decrease in revenue for the 2013 year following a sluggish corporate market in its home jurisdiction of Sweden. The firm has reported a 1 per cent fall in revenue, from SEK1.13bn in 2012 to SEK1.119bn (£105m) last year – or a fall from €132.7m to €126.4m when an […]

No5 Chambers’ Claire van Overdijk joins attorney-general’s London C panel

Claire van Overdijk of No5 Chambers has been appointed to the attorney-general’s London C panel of junior counsel to the Crown. Her appointment commenced in March 2014 for a period of five years. This follows her prior appointment (since 2010) to the attorney-general’s regional (Midlands) panel of junior counsel to the Crown, during which time […]

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